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Factors affecting the use of open source software in tertiary education institutions (09 Feb 2004)
Perhaps the most interesting observation from the survey is that the primary reasons for adoption of OSS were the perception that there was a saving in TCO and that it freed the institution from reliance on a given vendor. This observation is in line with one of the original motivations of this study, which was that OSS potentially provides TEIs with the opportunity for significant reduction in overall software purchase costs, software support costs and general maintenance costs in addition to the 'non-material' benefits. The issue with this, however, is that it is likely to be a perception and not something that has been assessed in a scientific way. It is unlikely, to our knowledge, that any of the participants in the survey have conducted thorough and ongoing assessments of their costs with regards to OSS or compared these to any the alternative proprietary software approaches.
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